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Old 04-06-2017, 02:58 AM   #1
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"Rubbing Alcohol"

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Being in the UK I've always assumed rubbing alcohol to be the same as surgical spirit, which is ethyl alcohol. I now realise that it can also be isopropyl alcohol.

So for barrel cleaning and degreasing purposes (not on rubbers, of course), what should I be making sure I use, if it even matters?
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I use rubbing alcohol on the barrel.
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Sorry, I should have made my question clearer.

Should I use ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or is either just as good for cleaning/degreasing the barrel etc?
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:50 AM   #4
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I use rubbing alcohol to clean the barrel first, then i spray some silicone spray on paper and use the cleaning rod to push that paper through the barrel. That silicone lubricates that barrel so there is minimal friction between bb and the barrel.
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either should be fine to clean it all but the hopup rubber. just use dish soap on that
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I use rubbing alcohol to clean the barrel first, then i spray some silicone spray on paper and use the cleaning rod to push that paper through the barrel. That silicone lubricates that barrel so there is minimal friction between bb and the barrel.
There is no way I'm putting any oil anywhere near the barrel. Not only will that create problems with bb trajectory but also allow any dust, dirt or debris that gets in the barrel to stick and cause further problems with accuracy.

I'm well aware how to clean the rifle, as I've been doing so for a long time on my AEGs, but I have always used meths. I wanted to use a cleaner alcohol product but wasn't sure which type of 'rubbing alcohol' I should use, or if it even mattered.

Thanks KillerDad for indicating that either isopropyl or ethyl will be fine. That's the answer I was looking for. Cheers
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Old 04-09-2017, 10:38 AM   #7
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Either will do. I use ethyl alcohol, just because that's what I have at hand.

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then i spray some silicone spray on paper and use the cleaning rod to push that paper through the barrel. That silicone lubricates that barrel so there is minimal friction between bb and the barrel.
wtf you should never, ever, ever get silicone anywhere near the barrel. It completely destroys accuracy.
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I'll grab a bottle tomorrow then, that's what my local pharmacy sells. Cheers Dimitri.
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wtf you should never, ever, ever get silicone anywhere near the barrel. It completely destroys accuracy.
It's not that bad. I used to do it all the time and never noticed detrimental effects. It's just a pain to get it off again, and the thin layer remaining will gather dust so it needs cleaning before every game.

I use white spirit nowadays, which works like a charm.
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Is the ethyl alcohol based rubbing alcohol 50%? I've seen a mixture of 50% ethyl alcohol sold as rubbing alcohol, but in Canada and the US "rubbing alcohol" usually means 70% isopropyl alcohol/isopropanol.

You might be able to find 99% isopropanol which is better than rubbing alcohol for most cleaning purposes. That's what I prefer to use for cleaning. It works well enough and I don't want to use other solvents indoors.
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few years ago there was a debated about this in airsoftmechanics , i used to clean with rubbing alcohol and after silicone oil ( not spray) until my cleaning cloth come out clean and dry, so i thought it was clean. then i try polishing my barrel and oh my god , it came out as dirty as hell. so in my experience rubbing alcohol and silicone is not good enough for me, i will point out the barrel did not had a regular cleaning section :) I had it laying round, so it must of had lots of dirty inside, pic also there is a link to the you tube debate which i find quite informative.
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Either will do. I use ethyl alcohol, just because that's what I have at hand.



wtf you should never, ever, ever get silicone anywhere near the barrel. It completely destroys accuracy.
I was working my field once and this kid brings a rental to me claiming it wouldn't shoot straight, the first thing I asked was "did you get the gun wet?" to which he replied no.

I then test fire the gun and the BBs shoot out in Tim Burtony spirals all over the place. They actually looked more like pictures from the Hadron super collider.

i asked the kid again, DID YOU GET THE GUN WET.. ?! he said yes this time, dropped it right in the creek.

DON'T EVER PUT ANYTHING IN YOUR BARREL. Only use alcohol because it evaporates fast.
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